Cleaning House

5 02 2016

Eagles Nest View

Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Psalm 51:10

Clutter around the house can accumulate quickly if you are not careful to sort and discard the little piles of mail and paper that seem to come from nowhere. At times, I procrastinate and leave things unattended only to find a much larger pile of items that needs my desperate attention. The process of deciding what to keep and what to throw away usually helps me to clear space both in my office and in my mind.  

I liken my heart to my house. At times I let my feelings pile up, anger, hurt, sadness or frustration.  I don’t take the time to sort them all out and discard their unnecessary baggage.  As a result, what was a small thing has grown into something much larger and less easy to manage.  The emotional clutter causes hard feelings and allows difficulties in relationships to grow.  These feelings can sometimes transform into permanent structures if we permit them to take up residence in our hearts.  Clutter blocks the flow of love and peace that God intends for our lives.  If you are like me, it may be time to clean house.  It is time to release the hurt.  It is time to forgive.  It is time to do the work to seek higher ground in our relationships. 

A Clean Heart

17 12 2013

In the breeze


Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right, persevering, and steadfast spirit within me.
Psalm 51:10 (Amplified)

Within our hearts we carry our hopes and our dreams for our lives. We keep tucked away the things that we desire for ourselves, our families and our loved ones. They represent both public and private aspirations for the future. In this space, we want our hopes to emanate from a place of peace, contentment and faith. We want our motives to be pure and aligned with God’s hope for us and the world. We want our hopes and dreams to flow from a clean heart. Purged of things that separate us from God’s best. Unforgiveness, harshness, resentment, bitterness, weariness are just some of the things that can muddy what flows from our heart. Our scripture today is reminder that we can indeed ask our Heavenly Father for help. As we open our hearts to Him, He can help us with those hardened spaces that need His handiwork to remove. He can soften our hearts to forgive. He can heal the spaces of hurt and brokenness that have left us wounded. It requires our willingness to step out on faith toward Him. He can create a clean heart within us and give us renewal and perseverance to grow in peace and grace for a new day.